Every time I turn around, there's some new thing not to like about the way this company is doing business. This irks me like expiring gift certificates. SOMEBODY paid a company money IN ADVANCE for some future consideration, and it really bothers me that they can weasel out of that obligation.
As for gift certificates, move to a state like Ma, where legally they can't expire (ones you pay for. If it's a promo or rebate, then it can still expire).
As far as your TiVo, what atmuscarella said...
Yes, it would be nice if you could transfer it or cancel it and get a prorated check back, but with DirecTV and their their early Termination fees, is there really difference (other than someone
can still use you S2 for another 2.5 years)?
* You agree to pay for 12 consecutive months (for standard receivers) or 24 consecutive months (for advanced receivers) of a $29.99/mo. or above programming package.
* You agree to pay a $4.99/mo. lease fee for your second and each additional receiver.
* If you do not fulfill your Programming Commitment, DIRECTV may charge you a fee of up to $150 for standard equipment or $300 for advanced receivers.
So, if you go with D*, you don't own the equipment (which probably would only be a concern for ppl wanting to keep their box/content after sub is up) and technically, if you only do 23 months and cancel, they can still charge you the full $300 for early termination...not saying they would, but they can legally...
But as it says, it may
charge you, so maybe they won't after only 6 months of service (most likely won't after 23 months).
The above of course refers to leased equipment. But if you're talking about an old unit you own, not sure what D* msy charge you for early cancellation of service...